Manchester City felt it was not the time to play fairly football against Gladbach right after Fernandinho was sent off, said Kevin De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne conceded Manchester City “killed the game” to close out the 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach that secured their progress to the last 16 with the Champions League.
David Silva cancelled out Raffael’s first-half opener for the hosts around the stroke on the interval, but any benefit City believed they might derive for Lars Stindl’s red card, right after the Gladbach man clashed with Nicolas Otamendi, was short-lived.
Fernandinho’s second booking for the faintest of shirt pulls on Raffael in the 63rd minute preceded the contest petering out, with De Bruyne telling BT Sport this was partly by design and style as far as City had been concerned.
“After we got the red card we just killed the game and that was probably the most critical factor,” mentioned the Belgium star, whose team-mates qualify as Group C runners up behind Barcelona.
“It’s not nice to see but inside the end we are through.
“They are extremely compact as well as prior to they scored I assume they just wanted to defend.
“It was a superb goal [by Silva] but a tough initially half. We were much better within the second half.”
Pep Guardiola sent his side out in a 3-2-4-1 formation that did not initially yield the desired results and also the City boss continued to cajole his players and switch their positions all through.
“This is definitely the football we choose to play,” midfielder Ilkay Gundogan told BT Sport.
“We generally try to react and if we recognise a thing is not going effectively we try to alter and do our most effective.
“It was in some cases important today to handle the game. The result was one of the most important point.”